Police state tactics, propaganda, and election fraud were several of the democracy disruption scandals that reformers studied last week in separate meetings that the Justice Integrity Project attended.
We address them in summary to illustrate the many important but often under-reported news events occurring in the nation’s capital. Also, the scope of a week of sample activity helps show our project’s day-to-day research efforts.
Our most recent two columns before this focused on sex scandals that we had studied intensely for years before writing about them, as here. One theme in those columns was that political sex scandals sometimes have a blackmail and/or intelligence component and are thus far more important and complex than they may seem.
The same kinds of complexity sometimes is apparent in the events and people reported below. Most ostensibly fight for the public interest and in favor of pro-democracy, human rights, and similar civic-betterment reforms.
Yet any such goals deserve at least some appraisal, which is not possible to complete here and now in depth. Therefore, these meetings are best regarded as building blocks for additional research, both by our project and by interested readers.